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Social Media

The Internet, specifically the rise of social media platforms, is frequently seen as an indispensable tool for trans community building as well as identity exploration and knowledge sharing. Social media, broadly defined, encompass a variety of websites and applications that enable users to create and share content, whether in textual, visual, or auditory form. The continued marginalization of trans people in society and their sensationalized treatment by mainstream media are often cited as reasons for why many trans people go online to find community and information. Despite the opportunities afforded to marginalized groups by new technologies, it is, however, also widely documented that social media can simultaneously promote the discrimination against, harassment, and surveillance of trans communities. Because of ongoing political efforts to legalize anti-transgender ...

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